Sciatica is a term that is used a lot but not often understood by patients. Research shows us that people who understand their conditions are more likely to fully recovery. So, here goes.
Sciatica is a condition affecting the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs down the back of both legs and is roughly the size of your little finger. It supplies sensation to several areas of the back of the leg and calf as well as controls several muscles of the leg. Common symptoms of Sciatica are tingling, numbness and or burning in the buttock, posterior thigh, and posterior calf and possibly into the foot. Other symptoms can include weakness or loss of coordination in the leg. Sciatica can be caused by a host of muscular dysfunctions, lower back injuries, disc hernations or bulges, or spinal stenosis; to name a few.
There are many successful courses of treatment for Sciatica ranging from Chiropractic care to Physical Therapy to Surgery or medication. To determine which treatment is best, you must first figure out what is causing your symptoms.
Bryan M. Steele, DC